Showing posts from March, 2017

Sermon by guest preacher President Matthew Harrison--follow podcast link

Aloha readers,
yesterday we had the special honor of hosting Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison as the guest preacher and Bible study leader at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor Harrison is the president of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), the national church body of which our congregation is a member. Thank you for bringing the Word of God to us, Pastor Harrison! Since I don't have a manuscript of his sermon, I refer you here to my podcast, where you can listen to an audio recording here.
(The first link is to my podcast home page, second is to the specific sermon).

Joshua Schneider

Sermon on Luke 11:14-28, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent (1 YR), "Christus Victor"

Crumbs from my Master's Table

A new hymn to go along with this Sunday's Gospel reading:

Crumbs from my Master’s Table Text: Joshua V. Schneider
Tune suggestion: LSB 915 “Today Your Mercy Calls Us” (Anthes)
Meter: 76 76 D

1. Crumbs from my Master’s Table Are truly all I need
No lavish feast is able
To free my soul indeed.
Lord, break this sin’s oppression
Lord, take Your child to You
That we with glad expression
May serve and honor You.

2. My heart with hunger yearning
A taste of mercy seeks
I felt Your back was turning
As tears ran down my cheeks
But then You showed your favor!
Your countenance did shine
At once I knew my Savior,
Your grace was truly mine!

3. My faith clings to no other
Than Jesus Christ my Lord.
God’s Son became my brother
My life with God restored.
He came with God’s forgiveness
My sins all to erase
This Lord and host so gracious
Prepared for me a place.

4. Kneel at the Master’s Table, His feast before you spread
Our Lord alone is able
To feed you heavenly bread
In hand and mouth He’s given

Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28, for the 2nd Sunday in Lent (1 YR), "Unforgettable Faith"

Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The Gospel reading today, with the Canaanite woman coming to Jesus for help, may stir a variety of emotions in us. Sympathy for the woman and her daughter; confusion or even shock at Jesus’ initial cold reaction. And probably amazement at the woman’s unforgettable faith in pursuing Jesus’ help till she received it. But one emotion might be absent that was present among Jesus’ disciples and the original listeners. Resentment.
You see, she was a Canaanite—not a Jew. The shadowy history of her ancestors included lewd and barbaric practices connected to idol worship. That’s why God drove them out of Israel. That stigma hung over her. The disciples thought she was a nuisance, and wanted to be rid of her, and assumed Jesus would too. She followed them around, crying out loudly, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!” But the most puzzling part of the story is why Jesus seemingly played along at …

Sermon on Genesis 3:1-21, for the 1st Sunday in Lent (1 Year Lectionary), "The Conscience under sin"